AUCTION 38 – FALL 2014

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Western Ginger Beers

GB059 Meikle Bros - Vancouver BC-26

Minimum Bid: $2000

Range:$3000-4000

Sold: $4000

The Meikle Brothers Black Bear Brand Old Fashioned Ginger Beer is one of Canada's best! What a transfer! What a trademark! Barnett & Foster marked. Near mint example with one tiny flea bite on the blob edge. Marked and matching stopper. Don't let this bear get away!

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GB060 Meikle Bros - Vancouver BC-25

Minimum Bid: $250

Range:$400-500

Sold: $300

This Meikle Brothers ginger beer with star trademark is a rare bottle in its own right. Near mint with only the tiniest imperfections. Barnett & Foster marked. Marked and matching stopper.

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GB061 Nelson Soda Water Factory BC-5

Minimum Bid: $750

Range:$1200-1500

Sold: $1500

This auction we have examples of all three variants of the Nelson ginger beers. This variant of the two tone bottle is the narrower style with the company name in full Nelson Soda Water Factory. Barnett Foster London marked. Near mint condition with only the tiniest imperfections. Cross marked stopper.

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GB062 Nelson Soda Factory BC-4

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$700-800

Sold: $1800

This heavy bodied two tone bottle reads Nelson Soda Factory. Munderloh marked. Dead mint condition. Best possible example. Cross marked stopper.

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GB063 Nelson Soda Water Factory BC-6

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $2750

A beautiful example of the solid cream Nelson Soda Water Factory ginger beer. Near mint condition with only the tiniest imperfections. Cross marked stopper.

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GB064 Thorpe - Vancouver BC-38

Minimum Bid: $600

Range:$1000-1200

Sold: $900

This auction we have three variants of the quart size two tone Thorpes. This double shield variant from Vancouver is one of the best examples we have seen. 1/8" thin flake off the inside blob edge and a 2" scrape right side body. Marked and matching stopper.

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GB065 Thorpe - Victoria BC-53

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $400

A two tone Victoria quart Thorpe with "Please Replace Stopper" at the top of the transfer. Note the hand trademark with cut off thumb. Lovatt marked. Near mint with only the tiniest imperfections. Marked and matching stopper.

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GB066 Thorpe - Victoria Unlisted

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $650

This is an unlisted variant of the two tone Victoria quart Thorpe. This one does not have the "Please Replace Stopper" line and the hand trademark is quite different. No maker mark. Mint condition. Marked and matching stopper.

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GB067 BC Bottling Works - New Westminster BC-10

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $1500

A rare sold cream example of the BC Bottling Works ginger beer from New Westminster BC. Professional repair to a lip chip. Displays mint.

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GB068 Morley - Victoria BC-45

Minimum Bid: $500

Range:$800-1000

Sold: $2850

This blob style two tone Morley from Victoria is a rare variant. Base edge flake professionally repaired. Displays mint.

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GB069 Dobson & Caldicutt BC-2

Minimum Bid: $400

Range:$600-800

Sold: $900

This Dobson & Caldicutt from Kamloops is one of BC's rarest ginger beers. When we got this one, it has a poor repair. When removed, we discovered the top was original and there was still a fine bridge to the body. Now professionally repaired, it displays near mint. You will wait forever for one in better condition.

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GB070 Pacific Dry - Vancouver BC-28

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $350

This Pacific Dry Stone Ginger beer from Vancouver is a rare bottle from the 1930s. An extremely tough variant to get. This one is mint!

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GB071 Regina Aerated - Regina SK-2

Minimum Bid: $200

Range:$300-400

Sold: $200

A big beautiful Regina Aerated Water Company from Regina. This is a rare bottle. When it came to us there was heavy flaking to the right side around the stopper hole. This was professionally restored. The bottle now displays mint. Original marked and matching stopper.

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GB072 King's Old Country Cooler

Minimum Bid: $150

Range:$200-300

Sold: $150

This King's Old Country ginger beer cooler is the first one have offered. These are unique and scarce items. This one is a two gallon size. Meant to be inverted in a cooler stand. 1" chip off the shoulder edge front left. Second 1/2" chip on the shoulder left rear. 3" heavy crack shoulder edge rear. You can imagine these got banged around a fair bit everytime they were filled. 1/2" and 1/4" base edge flakes at rear. Condition reads worse than it looks. A great go-with for any ginger beer collection!

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GB073 Manitoba Pair MB-10, Unlisted

Minimum Bid: $75

Range:$100-125

Sold: $75

This lot contains two Manitoba quart ginger beers. The "Empress" Empire Brewing quart is a scarce Brantford Potteries-made bottle. Very good overall condition. 1/8" and 1/4" lip chips. Heavy stain and some rust to the body at rear. 1" base edge flake at rear. Better than average condition for this bottle, which is usually found decapitated! The Blackwood's has the smaller transfer and "Registered" in the trademark. 10 1/4" tall. Collar style lightning stopper with no bail holes. 1/2" long flake down left side of collar top. Overall body wear and some stain. Kennedy stamp. Marked and matching stopper with faint writing.

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GB074 Empire Brewing Threesome MB-9, MB-8, MB-11

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $50

This lot contains three Empire Brewing ginger beers from Brandon, Manitoba. The Large Sheild variant (MB-09) has a dark somewhat blurred transfer. Note the "BRANDON" at the bottom of the transfer. An unlisted variant. Heavy crack down the right side. The small sheild variant (MB-08) with lighter transfer has a 1/4" lip flake at left. Potstone rear. 1/2" base edge flake visible at left. Several smaller separation, including one 1/2" crescent shaped crack. Damage describes worse than it is really. The MB-11 is a good example with a flea bite out of the lip. 1/2" unglazed spot where the cream meets the brown left of the transfer. Deep in-manufacturing flaw on base edge front left. Weak transfer. Note the glaze character in the shoulder of this one; it almost looks like a pattern of blades of grass. Most unusual.

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GB075 Five BC Bottles BC-63, BC-59,

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $70

This lot contains five BC ginger beers. Two variants of the Kirk & Co Ltd Old English ginger beers from Victoria West BC. The left one has a large chip in the front of the lip that has been poorly filled. Two deep 1/4" chips at the rear of the blob. Otherwise clean. Thorpe marked stopper. The right one has a 6" hairline straight across the transfer. Badly worn Thorpe stopper. A scarce Union Wholesalers from Victoria. 3" heavy crack on the left side shoulder. Deep 1/2" flake right side collar top and a second thin 1/4" flake on the left of the lip. Original marked and matching stopper. Pair of Thorpes. Second from right is the most common type. 2" hairline left side, otherwise good. Marked and matching stopper with heavy wear. Far left is heavily cracked down the face and has a 1" base edge flake. Marked and matching stopper.

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GB076 King's Foursome MB-28

Minimum Bid: $50

Range:$75-100

Sold: $100

This lot contains four King's Old Country bottles from Winnipeg. Far left brown top has some lip chips that were filled but not coloured. A scarce reddish brown top. Mint. Second from right with defined shoulder has just a bit of light rust and one 1/4" based edge flake. Far left has a nice metallic sheen to the glaze. Fine hairline running along the base edge.

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